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Rhubarb (大黄 Dàhuáng)

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This perennial plant is also well known in the West, but it is less well known that it contains soluble oxalate poison which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, and severe blood-clotting. Even fatality is not unknown, especially after the leaves have been consumed. However, when used with extreme care by qualified herbalists it can be used in the treatment of ulcers, dropsy, constipation, inflammation of the throat, and even heart disease.



The Tao of Long Life - The Chinese Art of Ch'ang Ming

by Chee Soo

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